One of Virginia’s most intriguing late Georgian plantation houses, Mount Ida was built ca. 1795 for William Cannon, a captain in the Buckingham County militia. Its original plan was unusual, consisting of a side passage and a large parlor, and with flanking one-story wings. The parlor’s ambitious Georgian trim is some of the state’s most richly detailed architectural woodwork. The pedimented mantelpiece and crosseted overmantel panel is unique in Virginia. A two-story section replacing the east wing was added in the mid-19th century, giving the façade a generalized symmetry. A low hipped roof uniting the two sections dated from this enlargement of Mount Ida.
[Buckingham County Location, VLR Listed: 10/14/1986; NRHP Listed: 4/27/1987]
In 1996-97 the Mount Ida was carefully dismantled and moved from its original site in Buckingham County to a similar rural site in what is now the Southern Albemarle Rural Historic District, where it was painstakingly reconstructed, reusing virtually all of its early fabric.
[Albemarle County Location, VLR Accepted: 12/7/2000; NRHP Accepted: 1/29/2001]
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark